July 26, 2016
Ole Miss Baseball has a history of student-athletes playing professionally following their careers as Rebels. Currently, six former Rebels are on Major League Baseball rosters, while 23 others are working their way up through the minor leagues. Throughout the summer, OleMissSports.com will update Rebel fans about the current #ProRebs making their mark on professional baseball diamonds across the country.
Here is a look at how the former Rebels are performing on the field during the 2016 season. For a complete look of season stats for #ProRebs, click here.
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Major League Baseball Rebels
#30 Aaron Barrett | RHP | Washington Nationals
A reliever for the Washington Nationals, Barrett has yet to pitch in a game this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. As he recovers from his surgery, he is on the club's 60-day disabled list. Barrett has spent the last two seasons in the Nationals' bullpen.
#8 Chris Coghlan | LF | Chicago Cubs
After landing on the 15-day disabled list due to a right rib cage strain suffered July 3, Coghlan is currently on a rehab assignment with the Cubs' Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. In three games for the Smokies, he is 3-for-9 with a pair of RBI. As he continues to bounce back from injury, Coghlan is expected to re-join the Cubs soon. The former Rebel spent the past two seasons with the Chicago Cubs before the team traded him to the Oakland Athletics in February. However, he didn't spend much time in Oakland. After 51 games with the A's, Coghlan returned to the "Windy City" as the Cubs made a trade to get their prized utility player back. After being named National League Rookie of the Year in 2009, Coghlan has remained in the Majors and for eight seasons.
#2 Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds
Cozart continues to have a strong season as the Cincinnati Reds' leadoff hitter. He has recorded at least one hit in nine of the last 11 games, including a 4-for-5 performance against the Braves (July 18). In 90 games this season, the former Rebel is hitting .264 with 91 hits, 54 runs and 41 RBI. Among shortstops, he is one of the leaders in doubles (23) and home runs (15). His 15 homers are already tied for a career high set back in 2012. Cozart is in his fifth season as the Reds' starting shortstop and has only made nine errors this season, which ranks as the sixth-fewest among National League shortstops. (VIDEO: Cozart web gems)
#31 Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals
Lynn is another Major League Rebel that will be sidelined for the 2016 season. Like Barrett, Lynn underwent Tommy John surgery (November 2015) and is currently on the 60-day disabled list. As a focal point in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation for the past four seasons, the right-hander has started more games than any other pitcher on the team since 2012. Lynn is also the franchise leader in postseason appearances. #31 Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Boston Red Sox
After pitching in the All-Star game (July 12), Pomeranz was traded to the Boston Red Sox two days later. The American League East Division leaders traded to get a quality lefty in their rotation as they look toward the postseason. Since the trade, Pomeranz has made two starts for Boston. Last night, he allowed just two runs on four hits while recording seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Overall, the southpaw is 8-8 with a 2.84 ERA this season, which includes making 17 starts for the San Diego Padres. Tallying 115 strikeouts and a 2.47 ERA with the Padres, Pomeranz became the first All-Star Rebel since Lance Lynn in 2012. He is in his sixth season in Major League Baseball. (VIDEO-July 25: Pomeranz strikes out seven
) #7 Seth Smith | RF | Seattle Mariners
Posting a .298 batting average over the past 30 games, Smith continues to produce at the plate. In his ninth season as a regular in Major League Baseball, Smith is hitting .272 for the Seattle Mariners. The outfielder has played in 84 games during his second season in Seattle, tallying 43 runs and 43 RBI for the club. He also has 10 doubles and 11 home runs at the plate. Smith has split time in left and right field, making 56 starts between the two positions. (VIDEO-July 23: Smith smacks an RBI single
Minor League Baseball Rebels
#16 Will Allen | 1B | West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A) - Detroit Tigers
Allen is riding a six-game hitting streak, batting .346 during the stretch. He also has seven RBI over the past week to go along with three multi-hit contests. In 93 games with the West Michigan Whitecaps, Allen has recorded 93 hits, 57 RBI and 29 runs. He also has 26 doubles to his credit, which ranks fourth in the Midwest League. Allen's 57 RBI also crack the league's top five among all hitters. The former Ole Miss All-American catcher has made the transition from behind the plate to first base.
#14 Austin Anderson| 3B | Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A) - Baltimore Orioles
Anderson is hitting .300 over his past 10 games, recording at least one hit in eight of those contests. Against Hickory (July 21), he led his team by going 2-for-4 at the dish. Through 44 games with the Delmarva Shorebirds, the third baseman has 34 hits and 15 RBI. Another 2014 All-American for Ole Miss, Anderson is in his first full season of professional baseball.
#11 Auston Bousfield | CF | El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A) - San Diego Padres
In 19 games with the El Paso Chihuahuas, the former Ole Miss All-American is hitting .237 with six runs, four doubles and three RBI. After spending the first half of the season with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, Bousfield was promoted to the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres (June 30). The center fielder is just one step away from the Majors.
#19 Matt Crouse | LHP | Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A) - Detroit Tigers
In 11 starts with the Toledo Mud Hens, Crouse posts a 4-4 record with a 3.08 ERA over 64.1 innings. Against the Louisville Bats (July 9), the former Rebel pitched six strong innings to earn the victory. Starting out the year with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, the lefty was called up to the Mud Hens (May 26), Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Crouse has earned a promotion in each of the past two seasons and is now just one step away from the big leagues.
#60 Chris Ellis | RHP | Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A) - Atlanta Braves
Ellis has made seven starts for the Gwinnett Braves after earning a promotion earlier this summer. In his last outing (July 20), he allowed two runs over 5.0 innings but didn't collect a decision. Ellis started the 2016 campaign with the Double-A Mississippi Braves and immediately made a major impact for the team. In 13 starts in Mississippi, Ellis went 8-2 with a 2.75 ERA over 78.0 innings, which earned him the starting nod in the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game. However, the righty was called up to the Triple-A club four days before the game and instead left to pitch for his new team, putting him one step closer to Major League Baseball.
#32 David Goforth| RHP | Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A) - Milwaukee Brewers
Currently, Goforth is with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Spring Sox, posting a 3-3 record with a 4.50 ERA in 31 appearances that spans 40.0 innings. In his last relief appearance, he pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to earn a victory over Round Rock (July 23). Goforth has spent the 2016 jumping up and down between the Milwaukee Brewers and Sky Sox. The former Rebel pitcher was called up by the Brewers twice, making seven appearances for the Major League Baseball team.
#40 Henri Lartigue | C | Williamsport Crosscutters (Class A Short Season) - Philadelphia Phillies
Lartigue is continuing his summer with the Williamsport Crosscutters, a team that had former Rebel teammate Jacob Waguespack on its roster last season. As one of the newest Pro Rebs, Lartigue has 16 hits, 12 RBI and seven runs in 18 games. He turned in his best game of his young professional career July 16, going 3-for-5 with two RBI in an extra-innings win over Vermont. Earlier this year, Lartigue was the Rebels' leading hitter and a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist. Now, he has begun his professional career after getting drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
#15 Braxton Lee | CF | Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A) - Tampa Bay Rays
Continuing his season in Double-A, Lee is hitting .286 over his last 10 games. He recorded at least one hit in all four games against Birmingham in the Biscuits' last series. Lee also had a three-hit game versus Tennessee (July 15). The former Rebel has played in 79 games for the Montgomery Biscuits this season, posting 21 runs, nine doubles and nine stolen bases. After leading the Charlotte Stone Crabs to a league championship last year, Lee was promoted to the Biscuits prior to the start of the 2016 campaign.
#66 Mike Mayers | RHP | Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - St. Louis Cardinals
On Sunday (July 24), Mayers saw his dream come true as he was called up to the St. Louis Cardinals for a spot start, becoming the 44th Rebel in history to play Major League Baseball. The former Rebel faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of a national audience on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Mayers earned the opportunity by posting a 2.94 ERA in nine starts with the Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds; he is 3-3 over 52.0 innings and is now back with the club after the short stint in St. Louis. Injuries plagued Mayers throughout the 2015 season, but the former Rebel is back to full health and has worked his way up the Cardinals organization. After going 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA in nine starts for the Springfield Cardinals, where he became a Texas League All-Star, Mayers was promoted to Triple-A.
#22 Alex Presley | RF | Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A) - Detroit Tigers
Presley is with the Toledo Mud Hens, Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The former Rebel is hitting .271 in 12 games with the club; he is also currently riding an eight-game hitting streak. After starting off the season in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, Presley signed with the Detroit Tigers July 8, his fifth team over the past seven seasons. He played in two games for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, going 4-for-7 for a .571 average, before earning the promotion to Toledo. With the Brewers, Presley started out on fire in Triple-A to begin the 2016 season and earned a call up to the Majors (April 21). He played in 47 games for Milwaukee, tallying 23 hits, 12 runs, 11 RBI and three home runs.
#9 Errol Robinson | SS | Ogden Raptors (Rookie) - Los Angeles Dodgers
Robinson has been on a tear as of late, hitting .378 in his last 10 games, including going 10-for-21 (.476) over the last week. The former Rebel hit his first homer as a professional against Missoula (July 13) before recording three hits and three runs versus that team nine days later (July 22). Through 28 games for the Ogden Raptors, Robinson has tallied 29 hits, 18 runs and 13 RBI. The fan favorite and starting shortstop at Ole Miss over the past three seasons, Robinson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and decided to take his play to the professional level.
#17 Wyatt Short| LHP | Eugene Emeralds (Class A Short Season) - Chicago Cubs
Since making the move from college baseball to the professional ranks, nothing has slowed down Short. In five appearances with the Eugene Emeralds, the southpaw has not allowed an earned run in 5.0 innings of work. He picked up his first professional save July 17 before earning his first professional victory one week later (July 24) against the Vancouver Canadians, a team that has former teammate J.B. Woodman on its roster. Short is officially the newest Pro Reb, having signed with the Chicago Cubs organization July 10. The former Ole Miss closer was drafted by the Cubs in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
#34 Chad Smith| RHP | Batavia Muckdogs (Class A Short Season) - Miami Marlins
After making three appearances for the GCL Marlins, the Miami Marlins' Rookie league team, Smith was called up to the Class A Batavia Muckdogs. The former Rebel has pitched in 9.0 innings over six relief outings for the Muckdogs. Against Tri-City (July 19), he pitched a pair of scoreless frames to help contribute to a victory. Selected in the MLB Draft for the second straight year, this time in the 13th round by the Marlins, Smith decided his 2016 season at Ole Miss prepared him to make the jump to the pros.
#29 Matt Snyder | 1B | Trenton Thunder (Double-A) - New York Yankees
Snyder is currently on the disabled list and has not played in a game since June 11. The 2015 season also featured nagging injuries for the former Rebel. In five games with the Trenton Thunder this year, Snyder has gone 4-for-19 with two RBI and one run. He also played in three games with the Tampa Yankees, hitting at a .500 clip.
#22 Matt Tracy | LHP | Jacksonville Suns (Double-A) - Miami Marlins
Tracy is playing for this third team in 2016 as a member of the Jacksonville Suns, Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. In five appearances for the Suns, he has a 1-2 record with a 4.76 ERA in 22.2 innings. His last time out, Tracy allowed just one run over 4.0 innings (July 23). Despite going 3-1 as a member of the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, Tracy was released and needed to find a new home to continue his professional career. It didn't take long as he was signed by the Marlins. The former Rebel southpaw made his debut for the organization June 28, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn a victory for the Jupiter Hammerheads before getting promoted to Jacksonville.
#32 Christian Trent | LHP | Arizona League Brewers (Rookie) - Milwaukee Brewers
Trent began his 2016 season July 16, pitching a scoreless inning for the Milwaukee Brewers' rookie team in the Arizona League. The former Rebel southpaw also tossed 2.1 innings July 22, giving up one hit and recording three strikeouts.
#30 Stuart Turner | C | Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) - Minnesota Twins
In back-to-back games against the Tennessee Smokies (July 11, 13), Turner used a pair of home runs to tally five RBI. For the season, Turner has recorded 47 hits, 25 runs, 24 RBI, 12 doubles and five home runs at the plate. Meanwhile, he's thrown out nine baserunners behind the dish. Turner is in his second season as the starting catcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts. The former Rebel catcher, the 2013 winner of the Johnny Bench Award, has played in 59 games this year for the Minnesota Twins' Double-A affiliate.
#15 Jacob Waguespack | RHP | Lakewood BlueClaws (Class A) - Philadelphia Phillies
As a Pro Reb, Waguespack has continued to look impressive, going 4-2 with four saves in 31 appearances for the Lakewood BlueClaws. The former Rebel has punched out 48 hitters through 54.2 innings out of the bullpen. Against Charleston (July 15), he struck out six in 3.0 innings of work. Following a rookie season in which he helped the Williamsport Crosscutters capture a division crown, Waguespack was promoted to the BlueClaws.
#28 Bobby Wahl | RHP | Midland RockHounds (Double-A) - Oakland Athletics
Wahl has been dominant on the mound, allowing just one earned run in his last 16 outings (15.2 innings). Through that stretch, he has earned seven saves to become the primary closer for the Midland RockHounds. In his last outing (July 23), Wahl struck out all three batters he faced. The 2013 All-American has a 2.55 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 35.1 innings, spanning 29 appearances. Wahl is also holding opposing hitters to a .198 average at the plate.
#18 Scott Weathersby | RHP | Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced) - Houston Astros
Weathersby pitched 3.2 scoreless innings of relief in his last appearance (July 21). The former Rebel also collected a win out of the bullpen July 13. For the Lancaster JetHawks, Weatherby has recorded 48 strikeouts and holds a 3-5 record in 18 outings spanning 68.0 innings. He was called up to the Corpus Christi Hooks for a relief outing and pitched two scoreless innings for the Double-A club (July 7). However, the former Rebel returned to the JetHawks two days later. A reliable reliever throughout his Ole Miss career, Weathersby has bounced back between starter and reliever roles for the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros.
#6 J.B. Woodman | OF | Vancouver Canadians (Class A Short Season) - Toronto Blue Jays
Woodman has found his stride as a Pro Reb, hitting .390 over his past 10 games. Just like he led the Rebels during his time in Oxford, Woodman continues to put together multi-hit games; he has recorded at least two hits in five of his last six games. In 31 contests with the Vancouver Canadians, the former Rebel has tallied 32 hits, 12 doubles, 15 runs and 15 RBI to go along with a .288 average. After the Toronto Blue Jays picked the Ole Miss outfielder in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft, the collegiate All-American signed with the club and was sent to the Canadians.
#10 Austin Wright | LHP | Mobile BayBears (Double-A) - Arizona Diamondbacks
Wright has made 16 relief appearances for the Mobile BayBears, posting 27 strikeouts in 25.0 innings. His last outing was a scoreless inning versus Jacksonville (July 24). Following a year of independent league baseball in 2015, Wright signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2016 campaign. He immediately made his mark with the Class A Visalia Rawhide, going 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA in 16 relief outings. Adding 26 strikeouts over 19.2 innings, the former Rebel earned a promotion to the BayBears.
#9 Alex Yarbrough | 2B | Arkansas Travelers (Double-A) - Los Angeles Angels
Yarbrough is hitting .289 over hit past 10 games, which includes four multi-hit performances. He homered in back-to-back games versus Springfield (July 19-20), combining to score four runs and tallying four RBI in the two contests. This season, Yarbrough has played in 92 games for the Arkansas Travelers, Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. The former Rebel has tallied 96 hits for a .265 batting average to go along with 39 RBI and 37 runs. Yarbrough has also showed some pop at the plate to the tune of 21 doubles, two triples and four home runs. The second baseman is in his fifth year with the Angels organization.